Children add special voice to Havelock's 9/11 observance

Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at 13:55 PM.

“I take it out once a year,” he said.

He took note of the students who attended the event.

“Some of these kids weren’t even born yet,” he said. “They are the ones that have to remember it. It’s a solemn observance, something that should be remembered every year. Many people have died and others have passed on since, some defending our freedom. It’s a day we need to remember.”

The group gathered around the circular monument that the city of Havelock and a host of volunteers created near the Harrier display next to the city’s Public Safety Building. In the center of the circle is a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center, plus stone from the Pentagon and rock from the ground at Shanksville, Pa. It was completed in 2012 to honor the nearly 3,000 people who died during the attacks.

“I happened to be in New York when 9/11 happened,” said Marcella Albanese, a native New Yorker who now lives in Havelock. “The sky was blue. Then it turned gray. You knew that those were our American people that were killed. It just crushed me.”

Albanese, who spent more than 13 years in the Marine Corps, is married to a Marine who served more than 32 years. They have four sons on active duty in the armed services.

“We are a complete military family,” Albanese said. “That’s why we chose to live in Havelock.”



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